That`s Long; Do Read!
Haha, funny how that can be defined as the exact opposite =p
I think Rimworld, which I know you`re familiar with, has proven that if your game is strong enough, the word will spread and the sales continue in steady fashion. They had a Kickstaretr, okay, but after that kind of went off the radar (only got Greenlit recently) - and yet managed to shift over 70K copies (if I remember well...there used to be a counter on the site but I can`t see it now). That`s a staggering number for a game with no major shopfront exposure and with that "high" 30$ price. But Rimworld really is in the Dwarf Fortress class, quality wise...hopefully Cogmind can compete on this level too
For some reason he took the counter down a little while ago; I was looking for it just a few days ago, too
. But yeah, it had already reached over 70k, which is insane (even more so considering that some buyers would have bought above
the $30 level--sheesh).
Based on the type of game it is RimWorld is much better equipped to reach that level of audience. Cogmind wouldn't be able to achieve numbers like that without both a lower price and the volume of Steam. Nonetheless, I'm happy to have what I've got so far
The KS definitely helped RimWorld's exposure, of course, something that Cogmind didn't have, but that's okay for now since it's nice to have only really dedicated players while we're still in alpha.
In fact I just went into "sod the tight budget, too curious" mode and headed for your shop - but got confronted by this big personal data form, even thought Paypal is an option. Am I doing something wrong there?
No, you can still pay via PayPal, but the payment provider requires address info because they use it to set the exact price since they have to charge VAT now (and will also check the address against your IP as part of the fraud detection system). They're pretty strict about that and it can be annoying, but it does let zero
problem buys through.
A large chunk of buyers are using PayPal; I think it's a majority but I haven't analyzed those stats.